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Week Beginning 23 January 2017

Chinese New Year ‘Red Day’– this will take place on Thursday 26th January; the children may wear Chinese style clothing or something red on this day.


  • A date for your diary; Chinese new year holidays will start from Friday 27th January and children will return to school on 6th Febuaray.
  • Please remember to bring a warm hat for your child, the weather is cool and we will have time outdoors. It is always helpful to ensure all items of clothes brought into school are labelled too. Thanks in advance for this.
  • To help support our air pollution systems we will keep all doors closed if the pollution is over 100. We do not want to seem unwelcome, so please know our ‘doors are always open’ for visitors, however we are trying our best to keep the children in our care safe and healthy. We  thank you for your understanding and co-operation with this matter.

OUR LEARNING THEME:   Chinese New Year

The children have been inspired by the story of the Great Race, and have particularly enjoyed being creative: retelling the story with the toy animals, and developing their scissor skills by cutting out pictures of the animals to make their own poster or book. Some children have also enjoyed making Chinese lanterns and firework rockets too, using scissors, paper and glue. Next week we will follow these interests, providing opportunities for children to make Chinese Zodiac masks using paint and collage.


Chinese New Year, lanterns, fireworks, scissors, cut, glue, collage


We will continue to learn about the ways in which Chinese NewYear is celebrated. We will explore some of the traditions and customs associated with this celebration. For example children will have the opportunity to make dumplings, make wishes to hang on our wishing tree, watch a Dragon dance performed by KS2 children. We will learn a new song about the Dragon dance.


Dragon dance, drum, dumplings, mask, wish


De ridders en jonkvrouwen van de peuterklas hebben het kasteelleven nu helemaal onder de knie.  Deze week worden alle  ridders in paraatheid gebracht want er werd een draak  gesignaleerd !  Ridders vechten tegen draken!  Of toch niet?  In `Ridder Muis`lezen we hoe  Muis en Draak beste vrienden zijn. 


THEME:  Spring Festival春节(chun jie)

Songs: 《Make Dumplings》《包饺子》(bao jiao zi)                

Activities:  《Make Dumplings》《包饺子》(bao jiao zi)

Key Vocabulary:  饺子jiao zi (dumplings)、 红包hong bao(red  envelope)、新年快乐xin  nian kuai  le(happy new year)、恭喜发财gong  xi  fa  cai (gong xi fa cai)